After giving birth earlier this year, a young single UK mother had so much breast milk that she decided to see if she could sell it online.
Toni Ebdon, 26, of Exeter, Devon, UK got the idea to sell her breast milk when a friend joked that she had enough breast milk to open her own dairy.
After giving birth to baby David in March, Miss Ebdon said she found herself with so much breast milk that her breasts became quite heavy and painful.
She started using a breast pump to filter off the excess milk and stored it in the freezer before she put an ad on the website Gumtree to see if anyone wanted to buy it.
Miss Ebson had expected that other new mothers who were unable to breastfeed would be the only ones interested in buying her breast milk.
She was very surprised when she was inundated with emails from men, many claiming they wanted to drink the milk for health reasons.
Miss Ebdon told SWNS.com: ”Breast milk has healing properties and I think people want to use it for those reasons.
"I tend not to ask too many questions or pry into people’s private lives.
"All communication prior to the sale is done via email and I meet the customer in person to hand over the milk.
"They can have it fresh or store it in the freezer for up to one month.
"I always feed my baby first so he gets the most nutritious milk.
"I haven’t made loads of money but there’s plenty more milk to come and I intend to carry on selling it until it dries up.”
Ebdon says, "Studies have shown breast milk can be used to maintain general good health and could even be a miracle cure for adult illnesses including cancer, diarrhea, and diabetes."
Toni now has ten regular customers who pay £15 for 4oz of her breast milk. She has sold 30oz so far in the past three months. It takes between 15 minutes and an hour for her to produce an ounce of milk.
Toni is glad for the extra money.
She said: ”Because I’d only been in my job for a few months before I gave birth I wasn’t entitled to full maternity pay. My baby’s father is still on the scene but we’re not living together and he doesn’t have the means to support us financially. I’ll certainly continue selling it for as long as is possible, and if I had a second child I would do the same. But next time I think I’d use an electric pump, as it’s much quicker.”